Surprise … within minutes of waking up the silence of the state park was replaced with the roar of a downpour on our motor home’s roof. Leaving our campground, the roads remained wet
Having visited the geographic center of North America in Rugby, ND and the Geographic Center of the United States in Belle Fouche, SD, it was a no brainer that we’d seek out the Geographic Center of the Lower-48. Leaving US-36, we drove 3 miles north through the center of the town (population 210, including at least to curious llamas)
Unfortunately, other than the post office and small town library, it’s other commercial buildings were deserted, similar to what we’ve seen across much of American’s rural heartland.
After touring the Visitor’s Center and watching an excellent 23-minute movie about Eisenhower’s life … which, among other things, made mention of the fact that even his political opponents still liked and respected him (one can only wish that today’s politicians would treat their political adversaries with a similar measure of fondness and admiration) … saw the Place of Meditation
Our next stop was the house where Ike was raised and until sometime after 1910 had no electricity and no indoor water or plumbing. Interestingly, the six room house where David and Ida Eisenhower raised a future president and his five surviving brothers (one brother having died in infancy) sits at its original location. Instead of having to relocate it, all of the originally surrounding homes were razed or moved to other sites.
We then started to tour the Museum
The museum is filled with history and unique artifacts cover the life of Dwight David Eisenhower from his youth up through the two turbulent decades of the 1940s and 1950s in which he was a thoughtful, soft-spoken American patriot as well as a world leader in war and in peace.
Pictures of men who shared the world stage with Ike
A German secret Enigma machine whose code the Allies broke during the war
Unfortunately, a thoughtful trip through the museum is like drinking from a fire hose and takes more time than we’d anticipated, As its closing time came well before we had completed our self-guided tour … so we plan to return when it opens tomorrow morning.
While leaving the grounds, we glanced back across the manicured lawns and saw a statue of Eisenhower through the light rain.